CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind.
Take One goes to the Tigers.
In the first of consecutive football games between rivals Hagerstown and Lincoln, the visiting Tigers imposed their running attack for a 42-14 win in the Tri-Eastern Conference finale for both teams Friday night.
Hagerstown senior quarterback Trevor Bradway rushed for a game-high 89 yards with three touchdowns, while classmate Bryan Mathews added 46 yards on the ground with two scores.
“(We) played the way we should have been playing all along,” third-year head coach Scott Snodgrass said after his Tigers, the defending TEC champions, notched their first victory of the season. “I think they finally realized that tonight and hopefully we can take it with us next week.”
Hagerstown (1-8, 1-6) returns to Cambridge City next Friday to again face the Golden Eagles (0-9, 0-7 TEC)in the opening round of the sectional.
Mathews found the end zone at 8:09 with a powerful run down the right sideline from 25 yards out for the opening touchdown.
Hagerstown got generous field position on its second drive after a high snap by Lincoln forced punter Houston Cornett to fall on the loose ball at the Golden Eagles’ 4-yard line. Tigers sophomore tailback Clayton Barber ran the ball in for a 14-0 lead.
Lincoln spread out its offense on the next possession and junior quarterback Ben Singer connected on four straight pass attempts.
“He was making some really good decisions in the first half. He found the open receivers, looking guys off,” Lincoln coach Phil Renforth said.
Facing a second-and-15, Singer hit Kyler Baker on a slant for a 23-yard touchdown at 1:30.
After stopping the Tigers, Renforth switched the offensive attack again, turning back to the run game and the fast feet of Baker. Baker capped the drive with a 2-yard lunge into the end zone at 5:27 to tie the game at 14-14.
On the next Hagerstown possession, Bradway swung a pass out to Mathews who rumbled 45 yards up the sideline. Mathews eventually dove in from the 2-yard line as Hagerstown re-took the lead, 21-14.
Hagerstown surrendered a 20-point first-half lead against Union County three weeks ago, but the Tigers quickly took away any notion of a Lincoln comeback. Bradway kept the ball on an option play to the left side and scampered 43 yards into the end zone just 99 seconds into the second half.